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Fahrenheit 451 | [Ray Bradbury]

Fahrenheit 451

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.
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Publisher's Summary

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

©1981 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor

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    Jeannette United States 08-28-12
    Jeannette United States 08-28-12
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    "Read this book before it gets burned!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fahrenheit 451 to be better than the print version?

    Although the written version is still better, this audio version was great for my son with processing issues. It made his summer homework much easier. He seemed to really enjoy this classic instead of resenting it because of a struggle to read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 08-07-12
    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration and fun book. Very Entertaining."
    Where does Fahrenheit 451 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this story and it still holds up to modern times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Beatty. I thought the narrations was top notch and loved the performance from this character.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    His voice is really awesome and he is able to change it for different characters. His narration was really good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This really should be a film they remake soon. I would like to see it go further though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-09-14
    Sabine St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to Listen To"

    I love Ray Bradbury, but I had never read this book. So I thought I would go for a classic. It has been awhile since I read Bradbury...maybe I forgot...or maybe this was the first book he ever wrote...but it was tough! There was so much overuse of adjectives! It was incredible. I know you need them to draw a mental picture, but this was painful! The story is lost in all those adjectives! But, I listened to the end. The plot was good, but it could have been a short story. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 01-25-14
    Ian 01-25-14
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    "Overrated Classic"
    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or Stephen Hoye?

    From Ray Bradbury, yes; Stephen Hoye, no.


    What could Ray Bradbury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be more enjoyable if there was a story. It seems like Bradbury wanted to be a Futurist more than he wanted to be an author on this one. His ideas are interesting and sort of accurate sometimes, but the story takes a backseat to his futuristic predictions. Most of it is just people sitting around talking. It's not really that interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Hoye’s performances?

    No. His voice was very annoying and did not suit the character in this book at all. His voice was monotone and it seemed like he tried to overcompensate for that, making it sound annoying and distracting. He did not do a good job at accurately portraying the emotions and he couldn't perform the female characters with any believability. I think if anyone is interested in reading this book, it would be much more enjoyable the old fashioned way: on paper.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2014

    The Perfect Storm! Audible, a great Audiobooks Reader and an adventure/romance in my little green iPod...

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    "Had to read this book for middle school"
    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I don't believe so... I don't think these books are exciting for kids my age.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Duke Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-23-13
    Duke Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible"
    What would have made Fahrenheit 451 better?

    Don't know. Only listened for 12 minutes and then deleted the book. What I listened to was the worst story I think I have ever heard.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    N/A


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 09-27-13
    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio

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    "Sorry, I guess I stand alone"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story was entertaining.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything except this.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Stephen does the best with the material he has.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was happy when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    I know I'm alone in my feelings on this "classic" but I was bored out of my mind. I listen to books when I'm driving back and forth to work and there were three times at least that I almost fell asleep listening to this thing. The story is dull and moves at a snails pace. If I didn't know better I would say the author was filling up the time in the book to reach a certain word count. He repeats things over and over, I'm assuming for affect, but to me, it was because there is not enough story there.

    I'm going to listen to Gone Girl again to wipe the nasty taste of this out of my head.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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